The official website for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Tōru Toba’s The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?) (Tensai Ōji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu – Sō da, Baikoku Shiyō) light novel series revealed its first full promotional video, additional cast, and a new key visual. The anime is set to premiere in January 2022.
The newly announced cast members include Yōko Hikasa as Fyshe Blundell, Yuki Sakakihara as Nanaki Ralei, and Yuki Nakashima as Zeno. Previously announced cast members include Sōma Saitō as Wein Salema Arbalest, Rie Takahashi as Ninym Ralei, Sayaka Senbongi as Falanya Elk Arbalest, and Nao Tōyama as Lowellmina Earthworld.
The anime’s staff includes Masato Tamagawa (Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō) as director, Xin Ya Cai (Starlight Promises) as assistant director, Deko Akao (Noragami, Higehiro) as script supervisor, Ryūnosuke Ōji as character designer, Yoshihiro Tsukashita (Momokyun Sword 3DCGI) as 3D director, Kagoshima Ramecahirim’s Hirotsugu Kakoi (Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei) as art director, Wish’s Fusaku Nakao (Dr. Stone) as color designer, editz’s Mai Hasegawa (Blue Lock) as editor, animocaramel’s Natsumi Uchida as director of photography, Ryousuke Naya (Drug Store in Another World – The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist) as sound director, and Toshihiko Sahashi (Full Metal Panic!) as music composer. Yokohama Animation Lab is handling the animation production.
The light novel series, published by SB Creative, is written by Tōru Toba and illustrated by Falmaro. Three volumes have been published so far, and the first volume was first published in May 2018.
Yen Press publishes the novels in English and describes the story as:
The prince of this small and weak kingdom strives for only one thing: selling out his country and living a quiet life in leisure! Sadly, the greatest obstacle he will ever face is his own genius…! As he achieves ever greater accomplishments, he earns more and more favor with the people of his kingdom…which makes fulfilling his own dreams all the harder!!!